Extremist Group Behind Attack on Mali

The Harbinger

By Alexandra Reboredo

One week after the Paris attacks, terrorists targeted a busy international hotel in the former French colony of Mali’s capital, killing 19 people.

Heavily-armed men raided the Radisson Blu in Bamako, Mali, shouting “God is great” in Arabic. They aimed and shot aimlessly as guests frantically searched for cover around the hotel.

The attackers seized dozens of hostages. At least one guest reported that the attackers forced him to recite lines from the Quran to prove his Muslim faith before being released.

Malian and U.N. security forces rushed in and ended the siege within a few hours. Meanwhile, hostages made their way out as the forces raided each floor of the hotel.

Extremist group formed by Algerian militant Moktar Belmoktar, Al-Mourabitoun, was allegedly behind the attack.

In a statement translated by Flashpoint Intelligence, a security consulting firm and NBC News partner, the attackers said they’ve worked in…

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